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CIFE Executive Training: Europe at the crossroads in 2019

The Executive Training “Europe at the crossroads in 2019: Beyond Brexit and the EU election. What is next for Europe?” proposes an in-depth analysis of the EU policy agenda at a critical time of Brexit and newly elected institutions, while offering a practical understanding of the range of policy options for official and private agencies and business dealing with European Affairs. It invites participants to observe critically current policy responses to socio-political upheaval in the European Union. The seminar will lead them to assess the range of policy options to strengthen European legitimacy, boost governance quality, protect population’s well-being, and enhance security in European states. The seminar will rely on interactive teaching methods to stimulate critical thinking and fruitful exchanges.

Location: Vienna (Austria)
Figlhaus, Schenkenstraße 2, 1010 Vienna
Date: 11 October 2019 
Working language: English
- 490,- € (regular fee)
- 290,- € (special rate for CIFE Alumni)

Main takeaways:

  • identifying the priorities in the European strategic agenda  
  • assessing the causes and consequences of the European (dis)integration
  • measuring and comparing innovative governance options
  • analysing the range of suitable policy responses to long term issues such as climate and demographic changes affecting Europe
  • identifying sources of reliable data and participating in challenging European debates

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Training sessions:

  • Session 1: EU Strategic Agenda 2019–2024
    The objective of this section is to explore the central future challenges of the European Union from the latest events (Brexit, EU Parliament election, new EU Commission and mandate). The key phases in the future mandate of the European policymakers will be discussed to better understand how to face future long term challenges such as climate change and migration.
  • Session 2: What is next for the Political System and the Democratic Model of the European Union?
    This section is designed to give participants the means to understand how the EU may adapt its democratic participation, strategies and courses of action in the future EU mandate.
  • Session 3: Focus on EU Green Policy as a key element of the EU Strategic Agenda
    This session is designed to give participants a focus on EU Green Policy as a critical element of the EU Strategic Agenda. Learning will be accelerated thanks to interactive session. Participants will prepare data and information on one of a number of case studies before the training and will hold a short presentation for group discussion.

 Programme lead

Paul Culley
Paul is an advisor, trainer and tutor on EU Affairs.
He has decades of experience as policy advisor and senior manager in the EU Council of Ministers.
As well as tutoring in CIFE, he has worked as political advisor to several recent Council presidencies (most recently, Finland).

Stephen Boucher
Stephen is the author of the “Petit manuel de la créativité politique –Comment libérer l’audace collective” (February 2017), prefaced by Nicolas Hulot and Dominique Bourg. He is also the founder of the Dreamocracy agency, dedicated to promoting collective intelligence for the common good. He teaches on these subjects at Sciences Po Paris, the School of Collective Intelligence (UM6P), CIFE and ULB.
He was Chief Executive Officer of the EURACTIV Foundation and, France’s leading online media group for a better life, with 3.2 million unique monthly readers. He was previously Director of the European Climate Policy Programme at the European Climate Foundation. He also co-led the think-tank Notre Europe / Institut Jacques Delors for four years, where he designed and organised the first Pan-European Deliberative Survey (2007). He was previously a consultant in European public affairs in London, Brussels and Paris and an advisor for European affairs in Guy Verhofstadt’s government.
A graduate of Harvard and Sciences Po Paris, he has published several books and research papers, including the Thinks-Tanks: Brains of the War of Ideas and The Hydrogen Revolution: Towards Clean and EfficientEnergy (published by Le Félin), as well as numerous other journals.